What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types


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Which of the following BEST explains a metaphor?

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1. How does a metaphor differ from a simile?

2. Writers use metaphors for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of metaphors. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the definition of a metaphor as well as your understanding of the differences between similes and metaphors.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Defining a metaphor
  • Differentiating between a metaphor and simile
  • Identifying why writers use metaphors
  • Spotting a metaphor in a given passage
  • Selecting a mixed metaphor from a list of possible examples

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as metaphor and simile
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding metaphors in literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about metaphors

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define and give examples of a metaphor, an extended metaphor, and a simile
  • Understand why writers use metaphors
  • Differentiate between a simile and metaphor